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Rezoning application submitted for George Washington Village

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GWVillageA rezoning application was filed last week for a mixed-use project off Courthouse Road in Stafford that could become the county’s largest community.

The project, called George Washington Village, would be built on about 1,056 acres between Courthouse and Ramoth Church roads. Interstate 95 borders the property to the east, and Accokeek Creek runs through it.

A development group wants approval to build 2,957 housing units and 1.85 million square feet of commercial space at George Washington Village. Aquia Harbour, currently Stafford’s largest community, has about 2,500 homes.

George Washington Village would also surpass Spotsylvania County’s largest development — Lee’s Parke, which is approved for 2,232 homes. It would rival three approved developments in Caroline County — Ladysmith Village (2,850 homes), Pendleton (3,500 homes) and Haymount (4,000 homes). Haymount has not been developed, and the majority of the homes allowed in Ladysmith Village and Pendleton haven’t yet been built.

The main entrance to George Washington Village would be off Courthouse Road directly across from the primary entrance into Newland Communities’ 1,827-home Embrey Mill project, which is currently being developed.

The development plan calls for Mine Road, which also serves as Embrey Mill’s main entrance, to be extended all the way to Centreport Parkway and paid for through project revenues. The developers are asking for a Community Development Authority to be formed to help pay for new infrastructure at George Washington Village.

Local developer Andy Garrett is among a group of investors in a limited liability company called Augustine South Associates that is proposing George Washington Village. They are represented by Hirschler Fleischer attorney Charlie Payne.

Plans for George Washington Village call for a town-center development with 1,885 single-family detached houses, 322 townhomes and 750 apartments built over 20 years. Much of the commercial space would be built along I–95 near the Courthouse Road interchange, which will be rebuilt in coming years.

The land is now zoned a mixture of mostly agricultural and residential, and the developers are asking the county to change the classification to planned traditional neighborhood development (P–TND). The development would have public water and sewer.

The developer anticipates that the project could generate 3,136 school-aged children and have an annual net fiscal benefit to Stafford of $4.77 million.

George Washington Village is one of several proposed developments along or near Courthouse Road, which the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to widen between I–95 and Ramoth Church Road. Among the other larger projects are Embrey Mill and Colonial Forge, along with a number of smaller ones.